pro·​gram·​ming | \ ˈprō-ˌgra-miŋ How to pronounce programming (audio) , -grə- \
variants: or less commonly programing

Definition of programming

1 : the planning, scheduling, or performing of a program
2a : the process of instructing or learning by means of an instructional program
b : the process of preparing an instructional program for a device (such as a computer)

Examples of programming in a Sentence

The news conference interrupted regular television programming.
Recent Examples on the Web Proceeds are used to help provide historical programming and for upkeep of the museum, which has been closed to the public for more than a year because of COVID-19. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Westlake Historical Society marks Clague House’s 145th birthday: West Shore Chatter," 27 Apr. 2021 Most importantly, the service will allow the organization to connect with listeners craving fresh programming, and continue to extend its reach well beyond the city of Dallas. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "The Dallas Opera launches a streaming platform, offering an array of shows to binge," 26 Apr. 2021 The ad shines a spotlight on how, through the Verizon network, Ethan was able to stay connected through virtual MDA Summer Camp programming when the organization produced camp online throughout the pandemic, including this summer. Matt Wake |, al, "Decatur youth featured in ad debuting during Oscars," 25 Apr. 2021 The council authorized the Escondido Public Library to accept a $12,000 grant from the California State Library to buy equipment to improve virtual programming; and adopted a traffic signal priority list for 2020-21. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "How they voted, April 25," 25 Apr. 2021 Griebel said the jail also requires flexibility for high-risk inmates, as well as space for rehabilitation and educational programming. Jenny Berg, Star Tribune, "Stearns County weighs options as jail overflows," 24 Apr. 2021 SourceAI, a Paris startup, thinks programming shouldn’t be such a big deal. Will Knight, Wired, "Now for AI’s Latest Trick: Writing Computer Code," 23 Apr. 2021 Netflix’s obsession with original content has resulted in the streaming giant releasing an absolute avalanche of new programming each and every single month. Yoni Heisler, BGR, "Angry subscribers are canceling Netflix over a new show that was just announced," 22 Apr. 2021 Netflix says the problem is delayed new programming due to COVID, but not new competition (cough, Disney Plus, cough). Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Forget the gadgets–Apple just blew up all these fields," 21 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of programming

1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of programming was in 1896

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29 Apr 2021

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“Programming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of programming

: the act or job of creating computer programs
: a schedule of television or radio broadcasts

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